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Anyone who reckons this is slow should give up bikes, according to Dirt Trader’s Dr Dan.

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KTM have been teasing us for a while now with the promise of an start 300EXC. Now it’s and it’s called the 300EXC-E. The first leaked pictures of the models midway through year and then didn’t a release date: It’ll be soon they told us.

soon wasn’t soon for many people waiting to lay cold, hard cash to get hands on one. Whatever take on the delay, it’s now. The 300EXC-E is a big deal it’s the first electric two-… enduro bike to be by a major manufacturer.

Well, as far as we it is.

There are two opposing factions it comes to e-start on a two-…. one: love the idea, buy one. Camp two: a bunch of pansies, real kick start their

While we don’t fit into one we can definitely see the merit in e-start. is no doubt it has had a huge part in the of modern thumpers. It’s brought all the over thirty back to the sport, and now it’s two-strokes riders got to dip their in the lolly jar.

Yes, two-strokes are easy to but you tend to re-evaluate easy you’re dangling over the of Mt Snotmore with only two hanging on to what’s left of traction.

To us the starter motor like an afterthought that was on just before the bike was out. The manual says the e-start is only a start utility and that it should be used once the motor is Stuff that! We flicked the on and hit the button. It fired up easily, but not time.

The failure to start time was not due to hard starting but the starter gear didn’t This happened many on our day with the 300. You knew it happened, it sounded like a maker as the motor whirred furiously. All you do is take your off the button and hit it again and it usually on second hit.

Yes, I share your that starting this means pressing a button

The 300EXC-E shares the black that are common to the rest of the EXC range. While we like we don’t reckon they’re a on the …, blue rims adorn TMs. Overall the is an attractive bike, all the 07 KTMs The orange plastic is nicely with the stencilled black And we’ve gotta give where it’s due: KTM had the sense to send us a bike with decent tyres.


Once you’ve to the effort of pressing the button, the pulls away cleanly and off the bottom. It’s so smooth and you’d be forgiven for thinking you riding a four-…. It doesn’t as strong as a 450 in this part of the but with the light overall sending the front wheel is just a twist of the throttle

The mid-range is where the 300 really on strong. Once you’re in part of the rev-range, lobbing the wheel in the air is just a matter of back. That’s if your wheel is still on the ground.

It’ll send roost right and centre and leave mates wondering where the you went. The top-end lacks a though. The engine fires up so much much promise and just as you think you’re on way to revvin’ heaven, it runs out of

We don’t see this as a problem and anyone who thinks this is not fast should give up on bikes and buy a top-fuel dragster. you get to the end of the strong part of the power change up and it pulls just as next gear. The downside to all power occurs when you up to the bowser.

Our bike consumed which is quite thirsty and 5km/L behind the TM530 we last month on the same


All the KTM range run Brembo brakes. We constantly that Nissans are the the standard in the brake world but enough the two best braking we’ve encountered this have been on the Huskys and KTM’s 250EXC, both shod bikes. Unfortunately the isn’t up to the standard set by its smaller

The front is progressive and strong being an award winner. It the usual knee on the calliper to get some feel at the lever we rode out. However, the was wooden and had little feel.

The ratios have been on the 300EXC-E this year. No is there a huge gap between and fifth. The ratios are well and spot on for bush work.

is a little busy on the highway and we 85kph to be the most comfortable speed with the 13/50 This is not a bike that want to clock many with on the freeway anyway, minutes at cruising speed on the top and your fingers and toes lost all feeling. It’s got the two-… vibration.

Limit yourself to short on the tar and get back into the forest as as you can.

As much as we liked the it’s the handling that the 300EXC-E so much fun to ride. it’s a two-… so it feels it’s been filled helium. The cockpit is spacious but and the flat seat makes forward easy.

It tips corners with little and the (claimed) weight of 102kg has a lot to do this. When things get we found the WP forks to be pretty good. They were and soaked up all the small ripply but had plenty in reserve for the gnarly The rear worked just as and the bike was very well

We rode the 300EXC-E through sort of terrain we have in the Open trails, tight root-infested trails, rocky and none of it upset the suspension. the wheels always on the ground, faster became easier and mid-corner trail surprises with much less clenching.

This is all good for us weak-bladdered

The 300EXC-E feels just the 300EXC, funny that. The difference is the e-start, and if there’s any weight due to this we couldn’t it. The RRP of the 300EXC-E is $11,695 +ORC the kickstart 300EXC has an RRP $10,995 + Would we spend the extra for the 300EXC-E?

Too-bloody-right we would! great value for money. The question we have is how long the other manufacturers catch up?



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